Saturday, January 5, 2008

Irony at it's Best

The State of Wisconsin has implemented, as I blogged before, a digital list of tax delinquents throughout the state to be posted on the internet. Guess who showed up on the list?

Madison - The co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee was stunned Friday to learn that his name was on the state Department of Revenue's newly expanded Internet list of delinquents who owe $5,000 or more in unpaid taxes.

"This is news to me," said Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona), who was listed as owing $5,776 in unpaid income taxes. "I thought it had been taken care of."

And as if they didn't learn anything this time around, legislators are talking about implementing a shame list for individuals who owe child support:

In a related development, state Rep. Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton) said Friday he wants to change state law to post the names of anyone owing more than $500 in unpaid child support on the Internet site.

About $2.8 billion in unpaid support is owed by about 263,000 parents to more than 500,000 children in Wisconsin, Wieckert said.

"That is an enormous amount of money," Wieckert said in a prepared statement that noted the success of the Revenue Department's Internet list in getting tax delinquents to pay up.

I'm not even going to bother debating this one (sigh).

2 comments:

Jo Egelhoff, FoxPolitics.net said...

I hear you David and understand your objections to posting of tax or child support delinquents. Can you argue, however, with the success of the tax delinquent site?

1000 Needles said...

I will agree that it is useful in getting people to pay the taxes, but ends do not always justify means. In any case, I blame the complexity of the tax code that often subjects people to this list, and favor a system that would not be so cumbersome and easy to screw up. In any case, support or not support, I find the irony of a politician being on the list quite hilarious.